Staff claim they saw 'P' abuse five elderly residents
STAFF members at Rostrevor House made a number of serious allegations of elder abuse following a series of HIQA inspections last month.
The most serious complaints relate to the alleged abuse of residents by a male care assistant, identified in court papers as P.
It is alleged that in late 2010 the male care assistant banged the man's head against a door jamb.
Staff told HIQA inspectors that after the incident P called the staff members together and instructed them to say to the resident's son -- if he asked -- that he had fallen and hit his head on a hoist.
One staff member told HIQA that she reported the incident to Therese Lipsett, who previously ran the home, but no action appeared to have been taken.
In addition, a staff member alleged that on another occasion, when the resident was on the floor, P kicked him a number of times. This was witnessed by one of the staff who requested P to stop, but he did not stop immediately.
The resident passed away in February this year from unrelated causes.
The staff members alleged that P routinely took this female resident to the bathroom on his own and had, in the past, told other staff that only he -- on his own -- could do so.
When he did, staff members said they heard the female resident screaming in the toilet and that this was a regular occurrence.
One of the staff saw P slapping this resident on the face when he was putting him to bed.
The staff stated that about three years ago, when this lady could communicate, she requested through her daughter that P not interact with her anymore.
One of the staff witnessed the care assistant grabbing her arm in a rough manner and that bruising had appeared on her arm, hence the complaint.
The staff also indicated they witnessed P abusing the resident but did not specify the type or nature of the abuse.